Tokina 16-28 2.8 vs Canon 16-35 2.8 II

Started Feb 16, 2012 | Discussions thread
ulmer
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I think for pure optical quality, Tokina is even better
In reply to ms18, Dec 18, 2012

I generally agree with MS18's points on the Canon and Tokina, except from my experience, the Tokina is optically better than the Canon. Especially when it comes to corner sharpness. My copy is virtually tack sharp at 16mm all the way through the corners above f5.6 and really quite good at f2.8 for that aperture. When I was shopping for a Canon 17-40 replacement  I compared the Canon 17-40 and 16-35 vs. Tokina 17-35 and 16-28, and the Tokina 16-28 came out on top.

The optical design is similar to the Nikon 14-24mm with the convex front element. I guess there's just an advantage to this type lens design.

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